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Podcast: 'Deconstructing Dinner' presents the federal election agriculture debate.

Jon Steinman 3 Oct

Jon Steinman is producer and host of Kootenay Co-op Radio's program Deconstructing Dinner. A new podcast with notes is posted here every Friday afternoon. All Deconstructing Dinner podcasts can be found here.

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This week we bring you the federal candidates debate on agriculture, held in Ottawa on September 29.

The Cable Public Affairs Channel provided live coverage of the event which was hosted by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Moderated by Hugh Maynard, the debate featured Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Gerry Ritz, Liberal agriculture critic Wayne Easter, NDP MP Tony Martin and Green Party candidate Kate Story.


Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster, Conservative Party of Canada (Brightsand Lake, SK) -- Gerry Ritz was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997, and re-elected as member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster in 2000, 2004 and 2006.

Wayne Easter, MP for Malpeque, Liberal Party of Canada (North Wiltshire, PEI) -- Wayne Easter is the Liberal Party's critic on agriculture and agri-food. He represents the riding of Malpeque in central Prince Edward Island. He was first elected as the member of Parliament in 1993 and has been re-elected ever since

Tony Martin, MP for Sault Ste. Marie, New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) -- Tony Martin was first elected member of Parliament for the riding of Sault Ste. Marie on June 28th, 2004. Tony serves as the critic for FedNor, human resources development, social development and policy, and child care.

Kate Storey, candidate for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, Green Party of Canada (Grandview, MB) -- Kate Storey ran as the Green Party candidate for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette in the 2006 federal election. That year she was elected to the Green Party federal council and shadow cabinet. Kate serves as party critic for sustainable agriculture and prairie issues.

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